Over the Christmas holidays I was so busy traveling and shopping and traveling and visiting and traveling(Did I already mention I traveled a lot during December into January?) and sadly I neglected my blog. Please forgive me. And now there are still muffins to share, more tea parties to explore, and many more tearooms to investigate. So on to 2019……
This past Christmas, Santa brought my grandsons a Paddington Bear movie for Christmas and they fell in love with this delightfully quirky bear. Sadly to my chagrin I found that somehow lacking in the muffin boys’ culinary education was the enjoyment of marmalade. You see, Paddington is not like other bears interested in honey. No, he is overly fond of marmalade. My boys wanted to experience the happiness Padding finds with one jar or marmalade so of course we came up with a muffin recipe that gives you all the bright flavors of marmalade without the overly sweet flavor. (my muffin boys do not need added sugar to make them busier)
Try these orange marmalade muffins with a nice hot cup of orange spice tea or a big mug of milk. Delicious!
Orange Marmalade Muffins
Makes 12 to 18 muffins
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2-cup sugar
- 3/4 cup butter softened
- Grated rind of 2 oranges, squeeze juice and reserve
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1-cup milk
- 1/2 cup sugar (for glaze)
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (for glaze)
- Pre-heat oven to 350F. Spray muffin tins or instead of spraying, muffin tins can line with paper muffin liners and set aside
- Whisk together flour, salt and baking powder and set aside
- Cream butter and sugar by hand just till well combined.
- Add orange zest, add eggs and beat well.
- Starting with flour mixture, alternate dry ingredients and milk when adding to egg & butter mixture in 3 additions.
- Mix by hand being careful to not over mix.
- Squeeze about 1 Tablespoon orange juice into batter for better flavor.
- Using an ice cream scoop fill muffin tins a little more than ½ full
- Bake muffins at 350F for 25 minutes or until toothpick test clean
- Glaze tops of muffins with orange glaze while still warm from the oven.
- Mix ½ cup sugar with ½ cup orange juice.
- Brush muffin tops with glaze while still muffins are still hot.
- Cool on wire rack.
Muffins keep at room temperature for up to 3 days and can be frozen up to 3 months.
For even more orange flavor, serve with orange marmalade.